Become a Patient Advocate or Navigator

If you have interest in becoming a private, professional, independent patient or health advocate, there are many resources to help you.

Here we provide information about taking courses, earning a certificate, joining a patient or health advocacy organization, researching, or participating in web-based conversations.  See below to link to the latest information about patient advocacy certification.

Making the Decision: Is a Patient or Health Advocacy Career the Right Choice for You?

When Your Decision Is Made: Find a master list of resources for starting your own private practice here.

Sign up for updates and notices about advocacy as a profession here.


Health Advocate Educational Programs

…provides a master list of all learning opportunities for patient and health advocates and navigators, those who are exploring the concept, or considering advocacy as a career.

Included are overviews and student or member reviews of these private advocacy organizations.

Programs listed include:  private advocacy programs, hospital patient advocate and navigator programs, specialized programs, workshops and events, and professional membership organizations.

Also listed are mentors – people with experience establishing and growing private advocacy practices, and are willing to teach others to do the same, will be listed at this education site.



The Health Advocacy Career Series

Plus, to learn about the healthcare system, and ways advocates can assist the patients they work with:


Online Articles and Forums


Patient Advocate Certification:


Health Advocate Code of Conduct and Professional Standards:

Subscribe to this code whether or not you are already working as a patient or health advocate.



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